Out All Night (TV series)

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Out All Night
Out All Night Title Card.jpeg
GenreSitcom
Created byAndy Borowitz
Susan Borowitz
Rob Edwards
Written byAndy Borowitz
Susan Borowitz
Jeffrey Duteil
Rob Edwards
Lloyd Garver
Michelle Jones
Caryn Lucas
Eric Pomerance
B. Mark Seabrooks
Devon Shepard
Directed byMatthew Diamond
StarringPatti LaBelle
Morris Chestnut
Vivica A. Fox
Duane Martin
Simon O'Brien
Theme music composerJames R. Ellison
Nathaniel Wilkie
Opening theme"Out All Night" performed by Patti LaBelle
Composer(s)Quincy Jones
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (1 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s)Andy Borowitz
Susan Borowitz
Producer(s)Matthew Diamond
Werner Walian
Editor(s)Jesse Hoke
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)PAZ,inc.
Alan Haymon Productions
The Stuffed Dog Company
Universal Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1992 (1992-09-19) –
July 9, 1993 (1993-07-09)

Out All Night is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 19, 1992 to July 9, 1993 for one season. The series stars Patti LaBelle, and was created by Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz, and Rob Edwards.

Synopsis[edit]

LaBelle stars as former singer Chelsea Paige, who opens a Los Angeles urban nightclub aptly named "Club Chelsea". To manage the club, Chelsea hires a recent New York University graduate, Jeff (Morris Chestnut). Chelsea also rents Jeff and his irresponsible best friend Vidal (Duane Martin) an apartment in the building she owns. Rounding out the cast is Vivica A. Fox as Chelsea's stylist daughter Charisse, and Simon O'Brien as the group's Scottish neighbor.

The series is set in the same universe as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (which was also created by Andy and Susan Borowitz). In the tenth episode, "The Great Pretender", Karyn Parsons guest stars as her Fresh Prince character Hilary Banks. Out All Night also featured several musical guests including After 7, Mary J. Blige, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, Natalie Cole, Johnny Gill, Jodeci, Gladys Knight, Eddie and Gerald Levert, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, MC Hammer, TLC, Luther Vandross, and Dionne Warwick.

Reruns aired briefly on BET in 1995.

Background[edit]

Out All Night stars Patti Labelle, a grammy award winning R&B artist, who had no plans of starring in a pilot. After winning a Grammy in 1992 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her album Burnin’, her intense touring schedule only left room for her to appear as a guest star; that was until Alan Haymon asked her to film the pilot. LaBelle states in a JET article that “I was asked to fo a TV pilot by producer Alan Haymon, who promotes all our shows, he and my husband were interested in my doing this pilot for a sitcom. I had been asked before when I did “A Different World” (where she plays Kadeem Hardison’s mother). I said “No Way, Jose! I felt the visits I made as Adele on “A Different World” would suffice for me. Then, when this happened, I said “Okay, I’ll do the pilot.” But I said whatever happens I’m going to have to continue doing my rock ’n’ roll. I said ‘nobody is going to want a pilot with Patti LaBelle.’ But, I was accepted and I’m blessed.”

Cast[edit]

Airing[edit]

Out All Night aired Saturday, September 19, 1992 at 8:30pm after a crossover episode on Here and Now, which was Malcom Jamal Warner’s, Theo from the Cosby Show, spinoff. TV Tango reports its ratings were an 8.5, lower than the shows that were airing at the same time. Cops aired on FOX with a 9.9 rating and the show Empty Nest on CBS aired right after the pilot episode with a 12.9 rating. Out All Night continued to air on a Saturday, which generally produces low ratings, until it switched to Thursdays on January 7, 1993, before a Different World would air. Though the show switched time slots it still received an 8.7 rating, while a different world received a 10.7 rating.

Backlash[edit]

The character, Vidal Thomas, which was played by Duane Martin, was not received well by audiences. Rob Edwards states in a 1992 LA Times article that: “Rob Edwards, creator and co-executive producer of "Out All Night," said criticism of one character, who was accused of being clownish and woman-crazy in the pilot episode, was premature: "Judging him that way would be like judging the first five minutes of 'The Wizard of Oz' and making up your mind that it was a black-and-white movie set in Kansas." Rob Edwards blamed the network for the lack of more dimensionality in the characters, because of the lack of resources. If the show was to continue airing Edwards claims to have made Vidal a more multi faceted character.

Cancelation[edit]

Though during the time an LA Times article states “12 out of the 74 prime time scripted entertainment series on the four networks now feature large black cast”, it was not enough to keep the show on air. NBC canceled “Out All Night” with two episodes left out of the original 22 episodes that were ordered. Variety states that “NBC Prods., were seeking to “cut its losses” by halting production on the Patti Labelle sitcom. After the cancelation, episode 20 never aired.

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [1]Original air date
1"Pilot"September 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)
2"Gentlemen's Agreement"September 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)
3"The Kid"October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
4"On My Own"October 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)
5"That Man Returns"October 17, 1992 (1992-10-17)
6"The Dream Team"October 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)
7"Hammer Halloween"October 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)
8"That's What Friends Are For"November 19, 1992 (1992-11-19)
9"Smooth Operator"December 3, 1992 (1992-12-03)
10"The Great Pretender"December 10, 1992 (1992-12-10)
11"The Three Wise Men"December 17, 1992 (1992-12-17)
12"A Date With a Diva"January 7, 1993 (1993-01-07)
13"Like Father, Like Son"January 14, 1993 (1993-01-14)
14"Take This Job"January 21, 1993 (1993-01-21)
15"The Way We Were"January 28, 1993 (1993-01-28)
16"The Tenant's Commandments"February 12, 1993 (1993-02-12)
17"Under My Thumb"June 25, 1993 (1993-06-25)
18"Mall in the Family"July 2, 1993 (1993-07-02)
19"Taking Care of Business"July 9, 1993 (1993-07-09)
20"It's My Party"Unaired

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Signatory Project Confirmation [search: "Out All Night"]". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved November 12, 2016.

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